, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 365-367

Rapid Diagnosis of Primary Dengue Fever by the Immunochromatographic Test and by Electron Microscopy – A Case Report

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A 21-year-old women presented with an acute febrile illness after a two-week holiday in Jamaica. Her symptoms started two days after return, with sudden onset of continuous higher fever (> 39 °C), dizziness and nausea. Three days later she developed a generalized macular rash, which led to the tentative diagnosis “acute dengue fever”. Laboratory confirmation was achieved by demonstrating anti-dengue IgM and IgG antibodies in paired sera; in addition, flavivirus particles were directly visualized by electron microscopy.

Received: January 3, 1999 · Accepted: September 23, 1999